Digital Classics sells Jackson doc to A&E

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[b]Digital Classics sells Jackson doc to A&E[/b] Digital Classics, the TV company chaired by former Five CEO David Elstein, has finally sold The Michael Jackson Story into the US, in its biggest Stateside deal to date. Sales of the music-themed doc, made for ITV1 in the UK by Digital Classics production arm Iambic, was hinging on Michael Jackson’s acquittal on recent child molestation charges. The doc was shot and edited in 2003, before the controversial Martin Bashir documentary, widely regarded as the trigger for the legal action brought against Jackson, was aired. Now Jackson has been acquitted, Digital Classics has confirmed the sale of the doc to the A&E Network for an initial package of rights priced at $200,000. Further rights in the territory are currently under negotiation with a further price to be agreed. Chris Hunt, chief executive of Digital Classics, said: “We are pleased that Iambic has licensed its Michael Jackson documentary for the highest unit price that any division of Digital Classics has achieved to date for a documentary licence in the USA.” The Michael Jackson Story (1×90′) is a special focusing on the singer’s musical history. It was originally pulled from broadcast hours after police raided the singer’s Neverland ranch in November 2003. Source:

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